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Zonker Stout - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Zonker StoutZonker Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

317 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 109
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub visit their website
Wyoming, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A rich, well-balanced foreign style stout with a huge amount of roasted barley as well as chocolate, black, and caramel malts. The intense roast character is the main attribute of this black colored beer. The alcohol content is 6.0%. Zonker has been recognized time and again as one of the top foregin style stouts.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001)
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Ratings: 317 | Reviews: 216 | Display Reviews Only:
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -40%

05-27-2013 22:18:04 | More by Larrydoherty
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harpus

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -40%

04-14-2014 11:52:14 | More by harpus
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warmstorage

California

2.55/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As sometimes happens, I'm left wondering if I tasted the same beer as others. This beer was a big reason I had high hopes for Snake River, and simply put, it disappointed.

I had it both on CO2 and then cask. The notes below are primarily for the CO2, except as specified.

Aroma: muted, as it was served way too cold. As it warmed, roast and slight chocolate.

Appearance: medium black, appropriate for style, but held up to light it shows a dark ruby with light shining though. I'm left wondering what the hell they are packaging in the bottle that has people describing it as so much darker than what I had on tap. Average head, medium/average carbonation, some lace, tight bubbles that fade fairly quickly. (Cask pour a little different, mostly a nicer, tighter, lacier head.)

Taste was heavy roast and some chocolate, with no noticeable hops. An unpleasant burnt wood/creosote very noticeable, and finishes somewhat sour. The most interesting thing about it was how terribly uninteresting it was, especially for a beer that has received so many accolades and awards. Cask had more pleasant chocolate, and a tiny bit less unpleasant burnt/creosote, but was only marginally better.

Overall, it's a very medium-average American/robust stout. I wouldn't complain if someone else was buying, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to get this.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2006 06:11:08 | More by warmstorage
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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

06-20-2014 00:39:28 | More by NonicPanic
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BIll_Currie

Wyoming

3/5  rDev -28.1%

07-24-2014 17:23:07 | More by BIll_Currie
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Winter

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a thick brown head. Cocoa, roasted grain and chocolate malt in the nose. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Bland front opens up to a bitter-sweet middle of roasted malt and barley. But a hop bitterness dominates the finish. Unfortunately, the flavor turns sour. Overly carbonated right out of the bottle, it softened as the beer warmed a bit to room temperature. This is not a great stout. Drinkable, but not worth purchasing again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2005 01:51:35 | More by Winter
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very opaque black, some brown highlights, a medium tan head and lots of lace. Smell is sweet, with roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a sweet smokiness. Taste is bizaare, as its watery and tasteless until the end of the sip when you're hit with a strong chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low carbonation and silky smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 15:19:26 | More by Viggo
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Musky

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured silky smooth with a thick reddish head that has small and larger bubbles intermixed. The aroma of coffe and chocolate are strong. Smooth and tangy this one is as the bubbles dance on your tongue leaving a roasted barley aftertaste or burnt however you describe it. Mouthfeel is not as rich as you would normally see from this style of beer and very carbonated. A decent example of the Stout style, does have more hop flavor than I would expect from this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 20:01:42 | More by Musky
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

came ina 12 oz brown short neck.
Very attractive looking dark, dark almost pitch black beer with purpleish toes, small very dark tan head good for the style.
Very strong and appealing aroma of dark unsweetned chocolate and sweet overripe black cherries.Cocoa powder and malted milk also
Weird after the great aroma I was expecting more, but what i got was a very sour , lactic tasting stout, with barelly a bit of chocolate flavour near the end and a very sweet aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was pretty mundane and too watery for the style.
I found this beer not very drinkable..a let down .
I hope this was just an odd bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 17:38:11 | More by Reidrover
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A dark brown head a half inch thick, composed of fine bubbles, topped this black beer that had faint chocolate highlights. Decent head retention too and some lacing to boot. The aroma was creamy, with a light roast coffee character and milk chocolate. The flavour started out quite weak and watery, but sweetness soon followed. Things picked up at the midpoint, with chocolate and hop flavours accompanying a moderate bitterness. A thick, lactose sweetness also showed up at this point. It finished roasty and off-dry, with some lingering acidity. Silky, viscous body and low carbonation with a bit of slickness. Overall, it had a good flavour once it kicked in, but I found myself enjoying it less as I proceeded through the bottle. Thanks Viggo!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 01:29:22 | More by DrJay
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought back directly from the Jackson Hole. It poured out like motor oil! The head was suprisingly darker than I have noticed from other stouts. It was almost a deep brown. The smell was somewhat pleasing with caramel, buttery, choclate aroma. The taste was nice upfront, but the finish was a little out of balance. The bitter chocolate and roasted nut were a little too sharp for me. It seemed to me that this was a little to heavy for an all nighter. Good stout overall, but a little overrated in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 22:18:34 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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pwoods

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint.

A: Pours deep black with no visibility. 2 fingers of strong off white head rises with good retention. Patchy lacing.

S: Deep roasted, almost burn malts. Just a hint of bitter chocolate and some sweet molasses.

T/M: Roasted maltiness and grains are the main feature. Hops add a much needed bitterness to balance things out a bit. The chocolate however is almost unnoticeable. Body is pretty full with mild carbonation.

D: Pretty decent stout. Would liked to have seen a bit more sweetness. I have a few more in the fridge so I'll drink those but there are a bunch of others I think I'd go to first.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 20:12:02 | More by pwoods
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Ragingbull

California

3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black color with a cola like finish in terms of bubbly prickle. The head starts out thick and foamy but its lively and breaks apart leaving just a rim of foam and some light lacing. Some mild oatmeal on the nose and some light roasty tones. Deep rich roasted malt and smoke flavors throughout the flavor and body. Light body and mouthfeel for the deepnes of the roasted flavors and for this style in general. A littl booze like at the finish, but mostly smoke. I would attribute any "booziness" that pops through to the lighter body and not carrying it. Background is pretty dry and the flavors "pop" pretty well. Full flavor presentation but nothing out of this world.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 01:13:29 | More by Ragingbull
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jcalabre

California

3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This Wyoming beauty pours black with a frothy brown head.
Aroma: The nose is roasty, with a definite smell of bittersweet chocolate.
Flavor: It has a medium mouthfeel with an almost oily texture. The finish is dry. This is a straight ahead, dry stout. It's very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 03:10:09 | More by jcalabre
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-18-2013 02:15:48 | More by richkrull
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Roberto11232

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

08-03-2013 03:28:37 | More by Roberto11232
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whahappened27

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-01-2012 06:46:11 | More by whahappened27
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WheelsPSU

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

08-28-2013 15:44:07 | More by WheelsPSU
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jkermitj

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-14-2013 00:01:09 | More by jkermitj
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RJUGA03

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Poured a used motor oil colored body with a slight medium-brown head.
S-Aromas of coffee, chocolate, nut, and malts.
T-On the draw it offered flavors to the coffee and chocolate smells. The sip finished smoothly.
M-At first it was quite viscous and flowed into a lingering coffee bittered aftertaste.
D-This is a great year round stout beer and I do enjoy it. It has a bit of a hard time standing apart from other stouts in my humble opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 07:11:37 | More by RJUGA03
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my deschutes snifter. thanks to dcloeren for the trade on this one.

a - pours a greasy black, like used motor oil. only got a thin film of head and leaves a few small legs of lacing in my glass.

s - prunes, leather, molasses, smoked sausage or bacon maybe.

t - roasted malt right up front followed by faint molasses and dark fruity notes. finish is on the dry side with a light, coffee like bitterness.

m - medium in body and carbonation.

o - nothing amazing going on here, just a good, solid beer that drinks well. if they distributed to michigan i'd certainly buy more.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 04:21:05 | More by divineaudio
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Soft black in color. Fluffy brown head pours two fingers thick and dissolves ever so slowy. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Dark sugars. Earth. Hops.

T: Delicate roasted coffee is folowed by milk chocolate with a tiny hop tingle on the tongue. Roasted barley and caramel malts balance everything out quite well. A slight hint of nuts and a very earth like finish.

M: Silky smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Slighty dry.

D: The only thing holding one back from knocking down a sixer is the full body of this brew. Surprisingly tasty with varied flavors throughout. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 00:19:56 | More by Tyrawlings
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fresh pot of the box BOTMC. Let's give it a whirl. Smells delicious of roasted malts and earthy hops with a hint of coffee. Pours to an opaque jet black with a dark tan head. Taste is a very consistent roasted malt with a good bit of bitterness but the bitterness stays behind the heavy roasted malt. Finish is a sweet yet bitter, staying consistent with taste throughout. Aftertaste lingers on the tongue and roof of mouth leaving both slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk with good carbonation. A very good stout, fresh tasting and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 17:11:51 | More by mooseisloose
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JDV

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle sent by bitterbill on BA, thanks! Poured basically impenetrable black with a medium lasting tan head. Smell is dry, dark roasty malt and a dark chocolately cocoa element. Taste is dryish dark roastiness with some sort of big hop presence and/or metallic taste, which grew on me. Medium mouthfeel to very slightly full with medium carbonation. Pretty nice and a bit unique. Definitely worth trying, and I enjoyed this one overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 21:04:03 | More by JDV
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black, black with a dense brown head that falls with gobs of sticky lace left behind on my glass.

Aroma is roasted malts light coffee and light chocolate flavors mingled together with some light citrus hops.

Taste is nice roasted malt some epresso and dark chocolate intermingle but neither dominates. A decent stout flavorable but not anything extraordinary either. Finish is bitterness from the coffee like roasted malts and a light citrus hop presence.

Mouthfeel is a big medium with nice mellow carbonation.

Drinkabilitys is good an enjoyable easy drinking stout, great for everyday drinking. Thanks go to mentor for this extra treat he threw in.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 21:53:03 | More by mntlover
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Zonker Stout from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.